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Healthy Taco Salad with Chipolte Cream Dressing + Back-to-School Special

Posted Aug 31 2011 12:00am
Good Afternoon and Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone is having a great day. I have got a great recipe to share with you today and I am quite excited about it because the whole family liked it - a real crowd-pleaser.   This is yet another adaptation from the new issue of Clean Eating Magazine.  There is all sorts of great recipes in this issue so you might want to go out and buy it. I ended up making a Healthy Taco Salad with a Chipolte Cream Dressing.

Healthy Taco Salad with Chipolte Cream Dressing
recipe adapted from Clean Eating Magazine Aug/Sept Issue for Charred Corn Chop Salad

2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 medium poblano pepper, seeded and cut into bite-size pieces
1 large sweet potato, cut into cubes
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground turkey
2 tsp ground cumin2 tsp ancho chili powdersea salt and pepper. to taste
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed1/2 cup fat-free greek yogurt1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 tsp chipolte chile powder
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
4 romaine hearts, chopped
1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a medium bowl toss corn, pepper and potato with olive oil.  Spread mixture on cookie sheet and roast for 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until corn and poblano start to char and the sweet potato is fork tender.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet on high.  Add turkey and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often until browned.  Add 1/4 cup of water to pan along with spices stir to combine.  Add beans, cover and reduce heat to low to keep warm until ready to serve.

Prepare dressing:  In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, buttermilk, chile powder and white parts of the scallion.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Remove veggies from oven and let cool slightly.  Divide romaine among 4 serving plates and top each with turkey/bean mixture and veggies.  Sprinkle with green onions, dressing and cheddar cheese.


This salad is awesome and super filling.  I personally love anything with sweet potatoes and black beans and love the addition of those to the salad.  The charred corn is amazing!  I would eat the corn, sweet potato and pepper combination on its own as well.  The Chipolte Cream Dressing is a perfect way to cool off the bit of spiciness from the poplano pepper. So yummy!

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The kids are I are off to Mount Tabor for Emmet's longboarding lesson.  Have a great rest of the day!
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